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May ushers in the reality that spring really is here, the wind doesn’t only blow in March, and the students and teachers are seeing that light at the end of the tunnel that summer break brings. Although we have a library full of children year-round, we really have to step up our game during summer due to the increase in programming and attendance.
Although many libraries begin their summer reading program soon after school is out, we have discovered that we have more participants if we give them a break in between. We will have sign-up for the program during the week of June 13-18. Participants may begin reading towards their goals as soon as they sign up!
Dan Dan the Magic Man will be in Medicine Lodge on June 23 at the First Christian Church at 10:00 AM. He always puts on a good show that is enjoyed by every age group.
We will continue having programming for our youngest group of patrons on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 and add programming for our older group on Thursday mornings at 10:00 and again at 2:00 that same afternoon. Craft classes will be on Wednesday mornings at 10:00.
We are excited with our theme this year, Oceans of Possibilities! We will be able to incorporate everything from starfish to pirates to beaches to the deep sea to shipwrecks, and lots of stuff in between.
Summer reading programs are always fun, brain stimulating, and socially healthy, but we add a bunch of extremely cool prizes into the mix. We have found that, although there are those who would be happy to read most of their free time, there are also those who are not quite as certain that they want to spend their summer hours turning the pages of a book. Working for the chance of winning a prize that they really want seems to increase their reading hours.
Please put it on your summer calendar to join us for the excitement, entertainment, and enjoyment of our summer reading program. We would absolutely love to have you!
This month started off with the celebration of National Library Week, and the entire month is the celebration of School Library Month. We do a lot of celebrating here at Lincoln Library; much of it goes on after the kids get here after school! A library cannot function well without staff members who care. We are fortunate to have some good ones at Lincoln Library!
We have Judy McCullough! She’s coming up quickly to her 12-year anniversary. She stays up with the interlibrary loans, and there are a lot of days that the process can be challenging. Never is this so clear to Malorie and I than the days Judy is sick or on vacation, and the job becomes ours. Nearly every book or video added to our collection is done so by Judy. We may occasionally tease Judy about being an offshoot of the Energizer Bunny. If she sees things that need to be done, you better get out of her way, because she will do them. Although she is a priceless staff member that we value, we do refuse to discuss retirement with her. We are squeezing her for all the time we can get!
Malorie Rausch has been here for almost two and a half years. Her duties and responsibilities are many. One of her weekly responsibilities is doing the Story Time programming. We are fortunate to have amazing families coming to Story Time and Malorie stays engaged in planning the events. She is involved in the cleaning, the creating, the decorating and the very most important time of our day, when the kids come in. She searches the shelves for books for those we deliver to, and stays up with who is reading what series. There is never an end to her “to do” list, as planning for future events is one of her most important jobs. There is no boredom involved in Malorie’s position.
We have Emma Sawyer and Josey Austin! Emma works both evenings we are open late and works every other Saturday, trading off with Josey. They both work more hours during the summer, helping with the activities of the summer reading program. The girls came on board during the summer of 2020 amidst the confusion and chaos and thankfully, they have stayed.
Emma is a senior and will be leaving us this summer. She’s going to be extremely difficult to replace, as Emma is Emma. She’s great with the children, loves to keep busy, and constantly glides around the library shelving books, cleaning, and straightening. It is evident that she has put a lot of thought into her future and has backed those thoughts with much effort and hard work. We will hate to see her go, but all of us are excited to see what she’s going to do when she gets there!
Josey is a junior this year and is heavily involved in many activities, and does them all well. In constant motion, she dances, cheers, and runs. Her practice of self-discipline will serve her well as she tackles her future.
Sharon Bishop is in the background! When we need something designed or our rotation of SCKLS books entered into our system, she gets a text. Her creative flair is apparent in the t-shirt designs and our promotional materials. She may not be behind the counter, but we are grateful she always has our backs when we need her.
We also have a couple of high school seniors who are involved in a work program, and they do their hours at Lincoln Library. Hayley Durbin and Taye Carrico work a few hours during the week and help us out with shelving books, organizing, and working with the children.
We are extremely blessed to have an Arrowhead West crew clean at the library. Headed up by Terry Woodward, John Wright and Chad Hellman are busy finishing up every Tuesday morning when I arrive. I so appreciate their time. They reset our cleanliness, free our hours for other duties, and keep the library looking well cared for.
We have fun, but we work hard. We love our patrons, and will do whatever we possibly can to help them with what they need. We are a library; we want to be your connection. Whether you need to connect with a great book, magazines, Wi-Fi, a good movie, information, or someone who cares, Lincoln Library is the place to be, and our staff are the people to talk to!
We live in a world that sometimes seems so very superfluous and superficial. It makes me wonder if some very important aspects were left out through the years as each generation was driven to make life easier for future generations to come. Did it make us all happier? Did it make us healthier? Did it give us more mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial stability? Or, did it just give us more options on how to take the path of least resistance. Sorry, I’ve had Covid and the extra time gave me way too much time to think. I won’t go into my opinions, but I will share with you where the wanderings of my mind took me.
I was thinking about how choosing the path of least resistance may be the easiest, but it is definitely not the best in the long run. It started me thinking about my friend Norma Ricke. She’s the mother of six children. Well, now with all of those children married, that number has doubled. Then of course those children had children and I believe the current count of grandchildren is 26. No, it does not stop there; one of the grandchildren is married and the mama of a couple of babies. You don’t have to get far into a conversation with Norma to understand that she stays present in their lives, all of their lives.
Besides taking care of the home, she’s a business partner with her husband. She is also the caretaker of a multitude of animals; she’s the first on the list when someone in the area has the need for a petting zoo. Now all of this is awesome, but I say it just to assure you that she is a busy woman and has not chosen the easy path in life.
What is beyond awesome is who she is. She’s herself! She loves abundantly, cares deeply, hardworking, trustworthy, funny, easy to talk to, always interested and interesting, grounded spiritually, and she’s fueled by common sense. Having the same allotted time as the rest of us, she fits it all into her 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week life.
Did I mention she is also a quilter? She is, and after making some I Spy quilts for her grandchildren, she took the time to make one for the children of the library. It is beautiful, we appreciate it a lot, and we are going to have so much fun with it! She is such a good example of someone who has made the choice to live good, not easy.
I also thought of the many people who do choose to live life and give it all they have. This weather made me think of calving season and all those out there fighting to find those babies and keep them alive. There are those who have cleared the roads so that people can safely get to where they need to go. There are those who stand watch over our electricity, law enforcement officers always ready for the next call, medical workers taking care of the sick, teachers going above and beyond just teaching, and grocery store and convenience store employees selling the necessities. The workers who show up, work hard, and don’t give up. These are the people who keep America going. These are the heroes, the ones making the difference. They have not settled on taking the path of least resistance, and their strength reflects their choice. They are the backbone and lifeblood of America!